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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 3

Meeting Date: March 11, 2008

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution amending the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3 (Wellness Policy) to add Section 20 related to the benefits of play opportunities.

Prepared by: Sue Barry, Recreation Supervisor

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks & Recreation


RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution amending the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3 (Wellness Policy) to add Section 20 related to the benefits of play opportunities.

PREVIOUS ACTION
The City of Brentwood, City Council adopted the City Council Two-Year Action Plan, to include a health and wellness initiative on June 13, 2005.

On May 25, 2006, the Park and Recreation Commission approved the Wellness Policy and made recommendations to City Council for consideration.

City Council approved the Wellness Policy as a guideline and directed staff to develop a formal City Council/Administrative Policy related to wellness issues on February 27, 2007.

On November 13, 2007, City Council approved the 19-point City of Brentwood Wellness Policy Guidelines as an official Council/Administrative Policy 90-3.

On February 21, 2008, the Park and Recreation Commission approved the addition of Section 20, as it relates to the benefits of play, and made recommendation to City Council for consideration.

BACKGROUND
The City of Brentwood Wellness Policy is a living document, and as such, staff was directed to elaborate on each section, bringing forward for approval and/or make recommendations for the addition of important topics as they are recognized for inclusion.

The addition of Section 20 to the Wellness Policy relates to recognizing and promoting the importance of play, its benefits, and the need to provide ample structured and non-structured opportunities for people of all ages to play.

Play is essential for learning and human development. Studies from the University of Washington Parenting Clinic tell us play is a crucial factor in the overall wellbeing of children. Play aids in physical development. It creates learning situations for children, their parents, and adults. Play is a means of emotional expression. It encourages communication through thoughts, needs, satisfactions, problems, and feelings. Play is a venue for role playing; giving children in particular, the chance to see the world from other points of view, and it helps them become less egocentric. Play in a supportive environment encourages creativity, and it develops the basic skills for social interaction.

Too many kids are missing out on the experience of play leaving this generation of children the most inactive in our nation’s history. Four main contributory factors to inactivity are; children are spending more time in front of the TV or computer; the number of accessible and safe play spaces is decreasing; structured activities such as organized sports are replacing free, non-structured play; and due to academic assessment pressures, schools are reducing the frequency and time kids spend participating in recess.

On February 21, 2008, the Park and Recreation Commission approved the addition of Section 20, as it relates to the benefits of play, and made recommendations to City Council for their consideration.

If we want a world full of healthy, happy and successful adults, we need to be sure we create a world where kids can play. The addition of Section 20 to Council/Administrative Policy 90-3 regarding the importance of play, will re-affirm the City’s commitment to empower our community with better information and opportunities when making lifestyle choices for themselves and their families.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact for the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy at present. Potential fiscal impact would be described with future development of each belief/section, and brought back for City Council consideration.

Attachments:
Resolution
Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3 – Attachment A


RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING CITY COUNCIL/ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY NO. 90-3 (WELLNESS POLICY) TO ADD SECTION 20 RELATED TO THE BENEFITS OF PLAY OPPORTUNITIES

WHEREAS, play is essential for learning and human development, and studies tell us play is a crucial factor in the overall well-being of children; and

WHEREAS, too many children are missing out on the experience of play, leaving this generation of kids the most inactive in our nation’s history; and

WHEREAS, as a result of national obesity trends, the City of Brentwood, City Council, Two-Year Action Plan, created a Health and Wellness initiative which included community education on healthy choices and lifestyles; and

WHEREAS, on November 13, 2007, City Council approved the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy 90-3, related to community wellness issues; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood does hereby amend City Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3 (Wellness Policy) a copy of which is attached for reference, to add Section 20 related to the benefits of play opportunities.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting on the 11th day of March, 2008 by the following vote.
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